Heart of England, 5 Days, SAVE $212*
Day 1 London to Oxford to Cotswolds. Picture the poets and professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have strolled Oxford's streets as we begin our journey with a walking tour. Take in this world-renowned university city's classical architecture, from the 'dreaming spires' on high to the ...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 24 April - 6 October 2017.
The Garden of England, 5 Days, SAVE $232*
Day 1 London to Chartwell House to Hever Castle to Canterbury. Today we're on the trail of statesmen and Tudors. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill. But a chance to see inside Chartwell House gives us a glimpse into his private home. This rust-red stone manor is a time...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 8 May - 18 September 2017.
Tuscsan Treats, 7 Days, SAVE $139*
Day 1 Florence to Lucca. Leafy Lucca, with its atmospheric cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings, is one of Tuscany's A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscany tour you'll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden ge...
Travel Dates: Selected departure dates 21 April - 6 October 2017
The Wonders of Wales, 7 Days, SAVE $314*
Day 1 Cardiff to Brecon Beacons. We set off from our meeting point, a group of new travelling companions in search of the Wales of old. And we get our first glimpse of that in the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans. After a fascinating visit, we point our compasses north and take a rou...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 23 April - 24 September 2017.
Corners Of Cornwall, 7 Days, SAVE $317*
Day 1 London to Wells to Dartmoor National Park. From London, we set off on our adventure to England's From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of the South Western tip of Eng...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 23 April - 18 October 2017.
The Splendours of Sicily, 8 Days, SAVE $164*
Day 1 Palermo. We meet in Sicily's captivating capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its warren of streets with a local guide. Although part of Italy, Sicily feels like a world of its own, where a mix of architectural styles stand testament to the various cultures that have laid claim to it. O...
Travel Dates: Selected departure dates 29 April - 7 October 2017
Slow Food Tour of Puglia, 6 Days, SAVE $169*
Day 1 Bari to Castel del Monte to Matera to Martina Franca. Puglia is a land dotted with Savour creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away vill...
Travel Dates: Selected departure dates 6 June - 12 September 2017
Highlights of Britain, 9 Days, SAVE $364*
Day 1 London to Oxford to Cotswolds. Our group meets in London, but we soon leave the capital behind for the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford. A guided walking tour provides the perfect introduction to this most English of cities, taking in the hallowed halls of one of the historic colleges. Then it'...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 23 April - 22 October 2017.
A Scottish Journey, 8 Days, SAVE $379*
Day 1 Edinburgh to St Andrews to Glen Clova. Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story introduce us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through the fishing villages splashed across the East Neuk region, where bright-hulled boats bob and dip in the swell of the sea, and a ju...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 23 April - 1 October 2017.
Historic Eastern England, 8 Days, SAVE $384*
Day 1 Edinburgh to Lindisfarne to Alnwick. It may only be day one of our tour, but by nightfall we'll have visited walled towns, isolated islands and magnificent castles. Travelling south, we cross the border into England providing the weather is on our side, we World-famous university cities me...
Travel Dates: Valid for select travel dates 2 May - 19 September 2017.
Back-Roads Touring is a small-group touring concept offering leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe. Tours explore local areas that might otherwise be missed such as Cornwall, La Provence, Loire Valley, the Scottish Highlands and Northern Italy. Tours range from one to 14 days in length. This company has more than 25 years experience touring the UK and Europe, with guides that are both knowledgeable and approachable.
Why Travel with Back-Roads
Maximum Group Size 18
With a maximum of 18 passengers, their professional tour leaders are able to offer a more personalised experience, with more attention to the interests of individuals and flexible touring days
Scenic Back Roads not freeways
Back-Roads touring mini-coaches can travel along local roads and across breath-taking mountain passes, to find charming villages and picturesque vistas which lie beyond the well-worn tourist trails, and reach places where large motor coaches cannot go
They choose charming accommodation to reflect the character of the region you visit, from a French chateau, to a small country inn. Every style of accommodation is in keeping with its surrounds and brings more authenticity to the itinerary
Authentic Local Experiences
Back-Roads touring recognise that authentic local experiences have greater appeal than attractions on the typical tourist trail. They take the time to seek out experiences where the guests can relate to local crafts and culture
Sampling local cuisine is an integral part of experiencing the culture – not to mention one of life’s pleasures. They include authentic culinary experiences which are locally sourced
Leisurely Paced Itineraries
They rarely leave the accommodation before 8.30am and the itineraries are thoughtfully planned to avoid cramming too much into one day. Sometimes you’ll have an afternoon – or even a day – at leisure. And, they promise that we keep long drives to a minimum
Did you know...
- 20% of Back-Roads travellers are single travellers
- Once Back-Roads has four confirmed passengers, the tour is guaranteed to run
- Return passengers receive a 2.5% discount on all future tours
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"Superb trip, will thoroughly recommend the tour and will look forward to our next tour with your company. Giovanni was great. His nature and kindness was outstanding and he looked after us all, nothing was ever a bother - he could accommodate all requests. Thank you, thank you! I loved travelling the back roads and going to small villages. My favourite authentic local experiences were Chipping Campden - wonderful 2 nights stay and food at the Abbey Hotel - superb."
“I have travelled before on a typical large group tour. Travelling in a small group was much better. I especially liked the smaller number of 13 passengers. Having experienced the tour I appreciated staying in hotels with local décor and within the old areas of the cities we visited. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. My favourite local experience was the Flamenco Show in Seville."
"Everything was run at a leisurely pace, which allowed us to truly appreciate the scenery and the fact that we could stop along the way to take pictures when we wanted to. Yann added to the enjoyment with his humour, consideration and being there for any questions and translations. The highlight of my tour was The Chateaus, Monets' Garden - My favourite local experience was the picnic lunch, with local cheese and wines."
"After an exhausting few weeks of touring I appreciated the leisurely pace and authenticity of the Backroads tour. The driver + guide enhanced the tour- local knowledge, humour, caring and very well prepared. Excellent! Good team work. The charming accommodation and the different types of hotels gave a unique flavour to the tour- an authentic touch, often not gained when staying at larger hotels catering for the tourists. A wonderful tour, thank you!”
"I have just finished my first of three Back-Roads tours and it was absolutely awesome! I feel that because we were in a smaller bus, we were able to go to different places and in my opinion even better locations. On this tour I really got a feel for Scotland not just the usual spots and highways. There were so many wow moments...all of the Skye portion was incredible, especially the Quiraing, Old Man of Stor, Kilt Rock, the Kelpies ....They were all fabulous and our tour leader Tom was fantastic! Tom was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about Scotland. He shared his love of this country and left me loving it too! He was attentive to all of us and very respectful and kind. The group really came together with Tom as the nucleus. He also had a way of making us feel laid back and relaxed yet still keeping to a schedule. He had a great sense of humour. I am very glad to have found Back-Roads ...."